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Introduction to Permaculture Walk and Talk – Date Updated

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County Horticulture Program invites you to attend a unique permaculture farming program open to the public. The program will be hosted by Permaculture Specialist, Fred Beckhorn, a graduate and certificate holder from Ben Falk’s Whole Systems Design course and a permaculture farmer since 2014.  The Walk and Talk will cover the concepts behind permaculture, design options for an appropriately sized system (for you), and the way to incorporate permaculture concepts into your design.  Topics will cover:

CORE TENETS OF PERMACULTURE Permaculture design emphasizes patterns of landscape, function, and species assemblies. It determines where these elements should be placed so they can provide maximum benefit to the local environment. Fred will explain and demonstrate how these concepts work together. He will untie the concepts of: Care for the Earth; and Care for the People.

PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN – Fred will discuss this mysterious concept which covers: Site Analysis and Assessment; Design Concept Development; Detailed Design; and Implementation & Evaluation.

Additional topics which are important to be experienced through this walk and talk (and not just read about) are the concepts of  Soil Building and Rainwater Harvesting. Fred will explain his approach to these important permaculture theories and show participants how these concepts have been built into his overall system.  This is a program not to be missed!

*Fee: $20.00 per person (High School Students Free of Charge) – Pre-registration is required.  You may register by email or phone: or 585-268-7644 Ext.17 (Laura Hunsberger)

What: Introduction to Permaculture Walk and Talk
When: August 11 (Saturday)
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Where: Irish Hill Road, Rexville, NY (the intersection of Irish Hill and Lyons Roads)
Fee: $20.00 per person. Pre-registration is required. Payment in advance – no refunds – substitutions happily accepted. This tour will require considerable walking. Please come prepared with appropriate footwear, long pants, water and a hat.